The Master of Professional Social Work Practice (Step Up to Social Work) course allows graduates holding the Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Social Work Practice to progress to a full Masters award by undertaking a work-based research project.
This work-based course will enable you to gain the systematic and independent ability to critically evaluate current theoretical understanding and practice.
You will develop the skills needed to apply knowledge-informed and evidence based practice in the workplace, and have opportunities to undertake a piece of supervised research.
At the end of your studies, you will have achieved a nationally-recognised professional qualification in Social Work together with a postgraduate academic award.
• Study in both classroom and practice settings to develop the skills of communication, teamwork and leadership you will need to address a range of increasingly complex issues • Explore, understand and critically evaluate the power structures of society which create inequalities, and acquire an awareness of the tools and techniques which can be used to counter them • Develop the skills of initiative, resourcefulness, critical reflection and emotional literacy that you will need if you are to offer successful solutions to human problems • Gain a deep and systematic understanding of the applied social sciences that inform the knowledge and practice of social work, including sociology, social policy, law and ethics • Benefit from a critical awareness of current social issues and develop confidence in the approaches required to address them.
• Dissertation for Qualified Social Workers
Students progressing to the Master of Professional Social Work Practice award will design, carry out and evaluate original research in the workplace under the supervision of a member of the academic team, in order to demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of a particular practice area.
You will be allocated a dissertation supervisor who will work closely with the student to support the development of their research topic. You will normally be expected to negotiate the research area with senior managers in their employing organisation.
By completing the Master of Professional Social Work Practice you will be well placed to progress on to one of the School of Applied Social Studies' Professional Doctorate (DProf) awards in due course to enhance you own knowledge and career development as well as being able to make a distinctive contribution to your profession.
Further post-qualifying (PQ) level study is also available to qualified social workers in a range of settings, allowing graduates to engage in continuous professional development and demonstrate their fitness for continuing professional registration.